Waltham Forest


U3As are about retired people learning new things, expanding horizons, sharing their personal skills and experiences, making new friends, and accepting new challenges to show that age need be no barrier to learning or to helping others to learn. Above all they are about enjoyment. Our motto is “Learn, laugh, live ”

There are U3As in Europe, Australia and Canada. The first UK one started back in 1981 and there are now more than 1040 branches, with well over 400,000 members nationwide.

Waltham Forest was founded in the summer of 1995 by a few interested retirees looking for a challenge. The key to it all is that you’re exercising your brain and having fun at the same time. No compulsory homework, no tests and we don’t employ professional teachers. Some groups are ‘academic’ in nature, lots are not. Each group is simply what its members want it to be. WFU3A is run by its members, for its members. Have a look at our GROUPS page to see what we're doing at the moment.

As of January 2020, the Waltham Forest U3A has well over 300 members with nearly 50 groups for them to enjoy, as well as a monthly programme of interesting talks. We also form part of the London Region of the Third Age Trust. We regularly send two Delegates to those meetings and all our members can also take advantage of their programme of events, as well as national U3A conferences and summer schools.

We put up the current edition of our Waltham Forest Newsletter every month. Some personal details of U3A members are removed for privacy reasons but those of the Committee will always appear there. You can also use the CONTACT tab above to get in touch with us.

The e-newsletter is now being sent out via our new membership system, Beacon. Please let Vicky (Membership Secretary) know if you haven't received it as usual or if you experience any other glitches. You can send her an email via the CONTACT tab too.